June 17, 2014 3:00 pm

Higher river level in Saskatoon as WSA increases Gardiner Dam outflow

Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency increasing outflow from Gardiner Dam to deal with Alberta rainfall.

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SASKATOON – The South Saskatchewan River below the Gardiner Dam will rise as the province’s Water Security Agency (WSA) is increasing outflow to deal with rainfall in Alberta.

WSA said it will be increasing outflow on Tuesday to approximately 900 cubic metres per second from the current 380 m3/s, raising the current water level by up to 1.5 metres.

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The increase is a proactive measure to deal with current and forecasted rainfall in Alberta, where between 60 and 100 millimetres of rain is expected by Thursday morning with the potential for up to 200 mm in some areas.

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Agency officials said the flows and levels will be similar as those in late May but no flooding is expected on the Saskatchewan river system.

Water levels in the river section below the Tobin Reservoir are expected to rise 0.6 metres.

WSA said the outflow may be increased depending on the amount of rainfall in Alberta.

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